Create demand in ICTs, says ZICTA

THE Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) says the private sector should take the lead in creating demand in information and communication technologies (ICTs) by locating reasonable investments in the sector, if consumers are to access affordable services.
ZICTA director general Margaret Mudenda said there is need to enhance infrastructure development in rural parts of the country if ICT services are to be expanded to remote areas.
Ms Mudenda said a society that has access to ICTs is exposed and contributes to the development of the economy.
“To some extent, infrastructure development in the ICT sector is vital in increasing access among the people in remote areas,” she said.
Ms Mudenda said this at the corporate launch of the iSAT Africa Zambia Limited in Lusaka recently.
iSAT Africa Zambia Limited is part of the Wananchi Group with a US$300 million investment fund in Africa.  It officially launched its existence in Zambia recently.
The company also operates in over six African countries where it provides high quality corporate connectivity and internet services.
Group chief executive officer Richard Alden said the company decided to invest in Zambia because of the steady economy and conducive environment for foreign investment.
“We are proud to be here and bring something new to Zambia, we are here for a long haul and we look to have a positive impact on the Zambian economy which is conducive for foreign investment,” he said.

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